10 Years Ago, Meek Mill released Flamers 2, the match that started it all

Meek Mill’s Flamers 2 | via

It’s hard to be from Philadelphia and not be proud of Meek Mill.

You don’t have to be a die-hard. You don’t have to agree with every decision that he’s ever made. But it’s pretty difficult not to respect this man’s grind when 15 years ago, rap DVDs like 2 Raw For The Streets could be found in any high school from Philadelphia all the way out to Reading and Willow Grove, and on them you would often see the beginning stages of a young dreamer chasing his dreams. It’s also hard not to salute Meek Mill when 10 years ago, February 24th, 2009, he released what his city would know as the match that started it all…better known as Flamers 2. Continue reading →


Download the new Peedi Crakk mixtape, CF5: The Cocaine Edition (playing tonight at TLA)

Peedi Crakk has released his new mixtape, CF5: The Cocaine Edition, hosted by DJ Ant Live and featuring appearances by Redman, Young Chris, Ms. Jade, Bodega Bamz, and others. Tonight, Peedi plays the TLA for the Veteran Freshman One Year Anniversary Concert. A lot has evolved in both the music industry and Peedi’s life over the years since he was signed by Jay-Z to Def Jam. The former State Property member recently told the City Paper: “I’m not the kid who got signed after winning rap battles in high school or wilding out with State Property.” Below, download the new mixtape and below that, take a stroll through hip-hop memory lane with a couple of videos including one Peedi did with Ne-Yo.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Beat Society feat. Hezekiah, Peedi Crakk and Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | Photo by John Vettese

Local and national hip hop extraordinaires will show off their stuff at Johnny Brenda’s tonight for Beat Society.  The hip hop gathering features five producers and three performers putting their skills to the test as they switch off playing beats and remixing samples.  Tonight’s showcase includes producers Ill Mind, Oddisee, Hezekiah, Khrysis and Eric G with performers Peedi Crakk, STS and Reef the Lost Cauze.  Tickets and information for the 21+ event can be found here.  Check out the Key Studio Sessions curated by Philly Music Mag with Peedi and Reef from last year, and watch the video from Reef below.


In Case You Missed It: Watch our Philly Music Mag-curated videos with Ethel Cee, Reef the Lost Cauze and Peedi Crakk

Reef the Lost Cauze and Ethel Cee | Photo by John Vettese
This summer and fall we dug into the Philly hip-hop scene with the help of our friends at Philadelphia Music Magazine, who curated three of our Key Studio Sessions videos. We were treated to spirited instudio performances by Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, who collaborated with a live band, and Peedi Crakk, who performed with a DJ. In addition, Philly Music Mag’s DJ Afrodjiak conducted insightful interviews with each of the artists. Watch the videos below, and download mp3s of Reef’s session here, and Ethel Cee’s here. Continue reading →


Watch The Key’s and Philly Music Mag’s video spotlight on Peedi Crakk

Peedi Crakk being interviewed by DJ Afrodjiak | Photo by John Vettese
As a bonus Key Session this afternoon, we bring you the final video from our first-ever video collaboration with Philadelphia Music Mag, this time spotlighting West Philly Rapper Peedi Crakk. An alum of the grounbreaking 2000’s Philly rap collective State Property, Peedi tells us about finding variety in hiphop, his unique approach to writing lyrics and how rap is just one of his creative outlets. Watch the video (which, heads up, has some NSFW language towards the end) below. Also, even though you don’t see her onscreen, we’d like to give a shoutout to DJ Afrodjiak – she conducted the interviews, she curated the musicans, and without her, this group of videos would not have been possible.


Best New Music: “The Reunion” by Beanie Sigel (featuring State Property)

Philly rapper Beanie Sigel is releasing a new album, This Time, on August 28th on the reformed Ruffhouse Records. The label had a ten year run from 1989-1999 with releases from Cypress Hill, The Fugees, Schoolly D, The Goats and others. Ruffhouse relaunches with Sigel’s first album since 2007, as Sigel heads off to do a two year prison stint for tax evasion. The first single from the record, “The Reunion”, is a hip-hop slammer and features State Property, the Sigel led rap group featuring Omillio Sparks, Beans, Young Chris, Peedi Crakk and Freeway. Fueled by a funky, tight sample of Sly & The Family Stone’s “You Can Make It If You Try,” Sigel and State Property trade rhymes and raps over the beats that’s an immediate classic. Listen to the song below, and check back next week for an interview with Ruffhouse CEO Chris Schwartz.